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The Arkadians Paperback – 29 May 1997
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"A good, involving story. Readers already acquainted with Greek literature and legend will enjoy picking out familiar threads."--Publishers Weekly"An expertly developed cast of characters rounds out this witty epic that's filled with romance and adventure. . . . On one level, this is a rousing adventure complete with cliffhangers and do-or-die stituations. On another, readers familiar with Greek mythology will find clever hints at the myths' purpose and genesis. . . . The plot has many twists and turns, but is not hard to follow, and Alexander's style is eminently readable."--School Library Journal "Part Greek myth, part Canterbury Tales, part Wizard of Oz, Alexander's latest is also a story with a feminist sheen. Done in epic style, the book almost brims over with tales, twists, and trouble. . . . Alexander is as good as anyone when it comes to creating strong women characters, and one of the most interesting things about this book is his focus on the goddess culture and its role in both history and myth. A rousing tale ."--Kirkus Reviews Lucian is about to be put to death, but he escapes and meets a mysterious spirited girl and a poet who has been enchanted and turned into a donkey. His adventures with kings, commoners and wise women makes for an engrossing, changing story of magic and faraway lands. -- Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Born on January 30, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, storyteller Lloyd Alexander spent his childhood filling his imagination with fantasies about other lands and eras. For ten years of his writing career, Alexander wrote for adults, then changed gears and wrote fiction for young people. Lloyd Alexander has received a Newbery Medal, a Newbery Honor Award, a National Book Award, and several IRA-CBC Children's Choice Awards. He is also the author of many ALA Notable Children's Books and School Library Journal Best Books of the Year.
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"This is the tale of a jackass and a young bean counter, a girl of marvels and mysteries, horsemen swift as wind, Goat Folk, Daughters of Morning, voyages, tempests, terrors, disasters, and the occasional rainbow."
The Arkadians is a delight to read. Although the characters themselves are not from the ancient Greek tales, the stories of love, courage, tragedy, and humor surround them constantly as they progress on their adventure.
Lucian, a young man in charge of inventories and accounts at the palace, is forced to flee for his life when he discovers that the king's two wise men have been embezzling from the royal treasury. As he makes his escape,
A bony jackass asks to go with him. The astonished Lucian agrees, and they soon outrun both the palace guards and the ass's furious owner.
The jackass introduces himself as Fronto, a poet who accidentally tumbled into a magic spring. The spring, showing itself an astute judge of character as well as the possesser of a keen sense of humor, gave him his new shape.
They continue to meet new friends, among which is Joy-in-the-Dance, a girl of marvels and mysteries, and Catch-a-Tick a young member of the Goat Folk. Although these are fantasy characters, they are also very human.
As the companions weave their way through advertures and danger, they learn that they need one another, each with his own special strengths and weaknesses. Toghter they journey to Mount Panthea to see the Lady of the Wild Things.
They have questions for her. Fronto wants to know how he can be changed back to a man. Joy-in-the-Dance wonders how to save her people, and Lucian wants to know what to do with his life, now that he is no longer safe in the castle.
Altgether, this a wonderful book by one of my favorite authors. Lloyd Alexander maneges to create a completely believa
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